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Moore Square renovation plan on hold, awaits funding

Posted February 18, 2014 1:15 p.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2014 10:59 a.m. EST

— Almost five years after its initial conception, a plan to redevelop downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square remains on hold as the city looks for another $14.75 million for construction.

In 2011, the city issued a draft copy of the Moore Square Master Plan, which detailed a number of new features planned for the park, including a central lawn, café kiosks and public restrooms.

The American Society of Landscape Architects in 2013 honored the plans, drawn up by Christopher Counts Studio of New York, with an award in the analysis and planning category.

Beyond the plan itself and a comprehensive tree and soil study released in 2013, the city has yet to proceed on any of the redevelopment.

“We’re currently waiting for funding to be available to be able to move forward,” said Cassie Schumacher-Georgopoulos, a planner with the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

The remaining funds would need to come from the city’s budget, said Schumacher-Georgopoulos.

“Or a bond – we put requests into the general public improvement, but there are a lot of requests that go into that,” she said.

In order to get a bond for the park’s redevelopment on the ballot in November, the department would require approval from the City Council.

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